Texas Republicans released their party platform and the big ticket item was opposition to higher order thinking skills. Amanda Marcotte:
. . . the Texas Republican Party continues its grim, unwilling march toward the 17th century by updating its party platform. It’s the usual gathering of heavy-duty God talk, racist paranoia, Victorian-era attitudes toward marriage, crippling homophobia, and that bit of Texas right-wing weirdness that I’ve always been fond of, the abject fear that your child might learn that there are other ways of viewing the world other than holing up in a house with a gun in case today’s the day that reparations-seekers descend from black helicopters to kick down your door and confiscate your Bible. The obsession with giving total control over the minds and bodies of minors to their parents blows past creepy and right into Flowers in the Attic territory.
At Free Thought Blogs, you can read some quotes from the document. Marcotte is wrong – the 17th century would represent real intellectual advancement for Texas Republicans. The section on higher order thinking skills is priceless:
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
Don’t you just hate it when kids get all uppity and start questioning their parents? When kids learn that their parents aren’t perfect and all knowing?
At Kos, you’ll find a longer take on the document. It really is a masterpiece of medieval thinking grounded in repeated demands for obedience to pre-modern authority. When George Lakoff writes about strict father mentality, he is talking about the mindset behind the Texas platform. Identify authority, obey it, attack those who don’t. Yes, the best minds of the 12th century are at home in today’s Republican party.